A Fighting Chance

By Elizabeth Warren


An not likely political big name tells the inspiring tale of the two-decade trip that taught her how Washington particularly works—and fairly doesn't.

As a toddler in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to visit university after which turn into an easy college teacher—an formidable aim, given her family's modest ability. Early marriage and motherhood looked as if it would positioned even that dream out of succeed in, yet fifteen years later she was once a uncommon legislations professor with a deep realizing of why humans cross bankrupt. Then got here the telephone name that modified her existence: might she come to Washington, D.C. to assist propose Congress on rewriting the financial disaster laws?

Thus all started an rude schooling into the bare-knuckled, frequently dysfunctional methods of Washington. She fought for larger financial disaster legislation for ten years and misplaced. She attempted to carry the government in charge throughout the monetary drawback yet turned a objective of the massive banks. She got here up with the assumption for a brand new organisation designed to guard shoppers from predatory bankers and was once denied the chance to run it. ultimately, at age sixty two, she determined to run for non-compulsory place of work and received the main competitive—and watched—Senate race within the kingdom.

In this passionate, humorous, rabble-rousing publication, Warren indicates why she has selected to struggle teeth and nail for the center class—and why she has turn into a hero to all those that think that America's govt can and needs to do higher for operating families.

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